BY TC News Desk
Agartala: August 01. Transport Minister Sushanta Chowdhury on Tuesday visited Kailashahar in Unakoti district and held a high level meeting on resumption of the defunct Kailashahar Airport.
He said that very soon the dream of the people living in Kailashahar as well as the entire undivided North District is going to be fulfilled.
Minister today hold a review meeting as well with the state government officials and officials from Airport Authority of India regarding the resumption of Kailashahar Airport.
“The Civil Aviation Authority of India has taken the initiative to renovate the abandoned Kailashahar airport in Unakoti district. The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation has taken up the UDAAN Scheme to re-open the services by upgrading the airports which are currently out of service across the country. The program emphasizes the expansion of air communication services at the regional level”, said the minister.
He said that Tripura Chief Minister Prof. (Dr.) Manik Saha has always drawn the attention of the central government regarding the overall development of the state.
“After our Bharatiya Janata Party government came to power in our state, several groundbreaking steps were taken with the help of the central government, especially the rapid expansion of communication systems, in view of which the people of the state are enjoying its benefits today. I am hopeful that air services will be started soon by renovating the old airport by acquiring the land for Kailashahar airport. If this Kailashahar airport reopens, the tourism industry will improve greatly”, said the Minister.
The minister expressed hope that there will be economic development in this area.
Sources from state government said that soon the work of lengthening the runway by rehabilitating 22 families will be started by acquiring 700 meters of land in the northern part of the airport.
“Seventy meters of land on the western side of the existing airport will be acquired to build airport authority offices and car parking space. Boundary walls will be constructed first in those areas where there are no boundary walls by acquiring the land before the launch. Due to Manu River on the south side of the airport, the runway cannot be extended on the south side as a result of which land will be acquired on the north side of the airport and the work of extending the runway will begin”, said the state government.